To the Editor.
—The editorial in the January Archives entitled "Outpatient Surgery: Back to the Barbershop?" was an interesting one that brought several important points to mind.1 The first is a presumed lower quality of care that might be provided in a free-standing outpatient surgery facility. It is important to remember that these centers do undergo rigorous procedures for certification, and are as safe or safer than hospital operating rooms for a limited number of procedures.Secondly, it is true that physicians have become disenchanted with lawmakers, hospital administrators, and other bureaucratic institutions. However, physicians are unable to avoid dealing with the same governing bodies for the operating of an ambulatory surgical facility. The chief differ ence is that the physician controls some of the end products in an ambulatory facility.Medical costs are a concern to everyone. The important financial aspect of ambulatory surgery centers is that they
Omphroy CA, Corboy JM. Outpatient Surgery. Arch Ophthalmol. 1985;103(7):889. doi:10.1001/archopht.1985.01050070015003